We are in the midst of one of Aspen's most stimulating annual events - the Aspen Ideas Festival. Fortunately, even if you can't afford a full pass to the Festival, there are myriad ways to take advantage of the programs, through the public ticket offerings. Where else can you hear public officials, media representatives and policy wonks discuss the most important issues of the day and see them up close and personally? Only in Aspen. The public events provide hour-long insights into the Festival and tickets are available online.